I will pay someone to go through my 2 kids 10+ years of art work and label it, and organize it in nice, neat scrap books. Accuracy is optional.
- A woman with her priorities in order

3 Valentine’s Day gifts that show kids the LOVE

3 Valentine’s Day gifts that show kids the LOVE
3 Valentine’s Day gifts that show kids the LOVE
3 Valentine’s Day gifts that show kids the LOVE
3 Valentine’s Day gifts that show kids the LOVE
As Valentine’s Day looms, my mind shifts to all the candy and small plastic items my kid will get on Valentine’s Day. You know what – there’s nothing REALLY wrong with it and I see why it’s so common but where’s the love in that stuff?  Maybe it’s a good time for  unique (and fat free) gift options that will mark the day for that special child, niece, nephew, or godchild in your life, eh? I came up with a list of toys that can help develop a passion (of cooking, chemistry, or the fun of MAKING candy vs just buying it), show their love, or be the object of love.
Here 3 simple ideas I love to help kids of different age ranges develop or demonstrate feel the love.
Candy-Chemistry1. Candy Chemistry - The perfect kit for tween (10 and older) who can be described as ‘innovative / creative’ to explore chemistry as they cook up candies and chocolates! This yummy science kit allows kids to perform 25 sweet experiments and learn the importance of physical science principles related to cooking.Trust me, this gift rocks and will help bring out a love of cooking and provide a way for your favorite tween to share some love with his / her friends and family.
Candy-Flowers-Baby2. Corolle Candy Flowers: Shouldn’t children show their love on Valentine’s Day? Of course! So we present an enchanting first doll for newborns and up. This adorable baby is soft and light, dressed in plush velour pajamas. Designed by a team in the Loire Valley, France these dolls look and feel as real as possible with faces inspired by real children. This particular gal has an ultra-plush body that is made for hugging and cuddling and easy for tiny fingers to grasp and explore.
In short, everything about this baby says “love”.
ApplePark-TM003-A3. This sweet Picnic Pal by ApplePark will become your child, girlfriend, or even admin or co-worker’s best buddy! This line of plush animals are made for snuggling or playing – with their soft 100% organic cotton bodies, silk noses and naturally hypoallergenic filling. Since they are made with with eco-friendly materials and methods like 100% organic cotton, eyes that are hand sewn, and heirloom quality craftsmanship, they will be a loving companion for years to come.
Incidentally, they come packaged in a gorgeous round box that is to.die.for.
What do you think – are toys a good idea on Valentine’s Day or is it just getting too commercial altogether?
I’d love to hear what you think…
Cristina Sierra_14
Cristina

One FedEx Account Rep’s lame-ass $500k ‘joke’

As any business that relies on shipping knows, December 17th was the last day of the Christmas shipping season for 2013. It probably wasn’t the best day to play a stupid joke on a startup owner who is burdened with high shipping costs.

Frankly, I’d be hard pressed to come up with a good day to mess with said small business owner.

See if you agree:

Let’s pretend that one year ago, you launched a service that ships birthday and holiday gifts to kids on behalf of busy aunts, uncles, godparents, all over the country etc.

Next, pretend a significant portion of your profits are being consumed by shipping costs. You NEED to negotiate better rates to succeed.

Got it? Great! Now, here’s a transcript of an exchange with a FedEx Account Rep yesterday:

(Phone rings)

Me: “Hello, this is Cristina”
FedEx Account Rep: “Hi Cristina – this is ‘John’. Hey, before we start talking about rates, I wanted to share some good news. You  won a big award from FedEx!”
Me: “Oh – really?” scans brain trying to understand – this has been a really busy gift season which probably made me more susceptible to the nonsense that follows.
FedEx: “Yes! Your name was chosen randomly and you are the big winner: you won $500,000 of shipping with FedEx!”
Me: “Um, WHAT did you say?”
FedEx: “I said you’ve won $500k of FedEx shipping services. Congratulations! Don’t you remember hearing about this?”
Me: “No…are you kidding?” (I’m a bit of a sceptic but I didn’t want to get my hopes up – this would be a lifesaver).
FedEx: “You can see I’m calling from a FedEx number, right?”

After 5 minutes of back and forth, I stupidly say, “Wow, thank you – you have no idea what this means to me.” (a LOT – as in the success of my business.)

FedEx: “Ha. I got you. I’m just kidding. No, I’m calling to talk about your rates. Sorry!”

Me: “Actually, I know I reached out to you indicating this would be a good time to talk but can we talk in a few hours? Thank you so much.” Hangs up in shock.

I plan to call FedEx Account Services to hear what they think about this “joke”. To begin with, I won’t be dealing with this Account Representative again.

What would you ask for / demand?

Stay tuned!

Cristina Sierra_14